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Live feed 'Fact' painting finished and replaced with new work

2 August 2013

The painting that has been viewable by way of our live studio feed for the past ten months is now complete, and has been replaced with a 'Scalpel Blade Painting'.

'Heliconius melpomene in Asclepias curassavica' (2009) © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2013

The ‘Fact’ painting that has been viewable for over ten months on the live web feed is now finished and has been replaced with a work from Hirst's latest series of 'Scalpel Blade Paintings'. A timelapse film of the completed ‘Fact’ painting is now available below, and on our Live Feed page.

Hirst began work on the ‘Fact’ painting series in 2000. Explaining, “a photograph is from a moment. Painting is about stopping to look at the world, considering it, and giving it more importance”[1], his goal with this series has always been to attempt to reproduce photographs exactly in complete, realistic detail through the traditional medium of oil on canvas. The paintings explore our relationship with imagery. Hirst explains: “I want you to believe in them in the same way as you believe in the ‘Medicine Cabinets'. I don’t want them to look clever, but to convince you. I’m using painting to produce something that looks like a bad quality reproduction – the painting process is hidden as it is in my work ‘Hymn’, which looks like plastic, but is bronze underneath.”[2] This painting – 'Heliconius melpomene in Asclepias curassavica' (2009) – is part of a series called the ‘Love Paintings’ in which copy scientific photographs of butterflies.

The fabrication of a ‘Fact’ painting: Timelapse

Cinematography and timelapse by Dave Blackham/Espirit Film and Television © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2013

Duration: 05:03

Watch the video: https://vimeo.com/71726906